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Immerse yourself in art at annual festival

Art of every imaginable type can be experienced at Festival of the Arts

SUBMITTED PHOTOS:  - High school ceramics students will help younger children on the potters wheel at the festival.

Be prepared, Festival of the Arts attendees — there is not one, but six special exhibits at this year’s Festival of the Arts being held June 24-26 at Lakewood Center for the Arts and George Rogers Park. From the open show, to the Visual Chronicles, student art and the Special Exhibit there is sure to be something of interest for every attendee.

Here’s a quick peek at the special exhibitions and a teaser about the fun planned for kids of all ages at Kids Get Creative.

Facepainting, always a childhood favorite, will be available free at the festival all weekend.

  • Art in the Park is a juried art and fine craft fair in George Rogers Park. All media are represented, along with food, music and children’s activities.

    Julie Forbes art Circuit Shaker is part of the Artists Vision exhibition.

  • Artist’s Vision: The Noun Show: Person, Place or Thing is a juried show of 2-D and 3-D pieces exhibited in the upper level of Lakewood Center.

     Stone sculptor Dave Haslett will exhibit his work, including Zep Tepi as part of the Chronicles exhibit in the Gallery Without Walls.

  • The Visual Chronicle of Lake Oswego: Gallery Without Walls exhibit highlights the artists of the Gallery Without Walls outdoor sculpture exhibit.

    Lake Oswego School District students learned about the mural of Diego Rivera this year. Their murals will be displayed at the festival.

  • Student art exhibits include the Art Literacy exhibit, junior high and high school exhibits. The Art Literacy program involves more than 500 students in learning how to appreciate diversity of culture through art. Run entirely by volunteers, this year’s program showcases a variety of creations, including a paper mural based on the work of Diego Rivera, regarded as one of Mexico’s most notable muralists. The project was designed to reflect the larger scale of Rivera’s murals, as well as expose students to the grid method used to enlarge or transfer an image.

    “We started by dividing a painting into 30 equal sections. Each student was given one or more sections to recreate as an enlargement,” said Heather Wick, Hallinan Elementary’s art coordinator. “It was a collaborative project, requiring students to work closely together in order to match up their sketches and coordinate colors.”

    The show is curated by Suzanne Slauson, a longtime Art Literacy volunteer.

    Students at the Lake Oswego and Lakeridge Junior High and Our Lady of the Lake will show the art they created, as will students from Lake Oswego and Lakeridge high schools. The older students will display their proficiency in varying mediums such as painting, ceramics, paper mosaics and more.

  • The Open Show is one of the largest of its kind in the Pacific Northwest, displaying more than 1,000 works of art from about 300 artists. All are welcome to display their art without a jury process.

    This piece, titled All Aboard by Debra Glanz, is part of the Special Exhibit as well.

    James Allen will display his work Fashion as part of the Special Exhibit.

  • The Special Exhibit, titled Chasing Paper, explores how artists are using paper in their art today. It is a juried exhibit that will demonstrate how paper is made and manipulated into surprising and delightful creations in the chase to stretch the boundaries of paper as an art form. The exhibit contains 73 pieces of art created by 38 artists.

  • Kids Get Creative offers children opportunities all weekend to explore making art, music, theater and more.

    The fun begins at 10 a.m. Friday in the lower level at George Rogers Park, where activities will be ongoing to inspire the artists within. The festivities include live performances by Mad Science, BJ the Clown, Academy of Ballet and Dance Arts, the Stafford Orchestra, and Penny’s Puppet Productions. And you won’t want to miss the exciting presentation by the Lake Oswego Police Department’s K-9 team.

    Get hands-on experience from high school ceramic students too.

    “The younger kids always love ‘clay day’ with the older students,” said Katie Brink, LOHS art teacher and curator of the event. “It’s a fun way to have an educational moment with children of all ages.”

    Missoula Children’s Theatre will present live performances feature local children in “Rumpelstiltskin” on Friday, June 24 at 4 p.m. and again at 10 a.m. June 25. The Friday performance is free; tickets to the Saturday performance are $5 each.

    All activities are free with the exception of the Saturday “Rumpelstiltskin” performance.

    For a complete schedule of events, visit lakewood-center.org

    Contact Barb Randall at 503-636-1281 ext. 100 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..